Morning Briefing: Suspension complete, Jenrry Mejia returns


FIRST PITCH: Having completed an 80-game suspension for a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, former closer Jenrry Mejia is due to be activated by the New York Mets before Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Mejia never admitted wrongdoing in a statement when the punishment was handed down in April. Instead, he maintained he never knowingly used Stanozolol, but accepted the punishment.

One thing is clear: Jeurys Familia's dominance as closer means neither Bobby Parnell nor Mejia is dislodging Familia from the closer's role. Familia converted his 23rd save in 25 chances in Monday's series opener at AT&T Park.

The Mets will have to make a roster move before Tuesday's game to clear a bullpen spot for Mejia. That is no easy task, since rookies Logan Verrett and Hansel Robles are pitching well, while an underperforming reliever such as Alex Torres is one of two lefties and Carlos Torres has veteran status and is out of options.

"It's never easy to send anyone back to the minor leagues," manager Terry Collins said. "And our bullpen has done a good job of keeping us in games. Unfortunately, one of them is going to be gone."

Bartolo Colon (9-6, 4.55 ERA) opposes right-hander Matt Cain (0-1, 9.00) in Tuesday's 10:15 p.m. ET game.


BIRTHDAYS: Tim Teufel turns 57. ... John Buck is 35.


YOU'RE UP: Which reliever should the Mets demote to make room for Mejia?